CFHS code : BO52 or ML3

Parish : St Botolph

Inscription : In Memory of JASPER KING TAYLOR d April 16 1855 aged 49

Monument : Coped stone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202892, 0.13766053 – click here for location

Taylor monument


This somewhat unusual convex ground slab mounted on a plinth, in the parish area of St Botolph (CFHS identified it as being in St Mary the Less), is located near the centre circle, to the northeast of the circular path.


‘In memory of Jasper King Taylor
who died April 16 1855 aged 49 years’

Jasper King Taylor (1806‒1855)

Jasper was born in 1806 in Holborn, central London, and was baptised on 20 November of that year, his father also bearing the first name Jasper, and his mother Elizabeth Mary. He married Cambridge-born Ann King at St Botolph’s Church, Cambridge, on 29 April 1827, his place of residence on that occasion being recorded as ‛St Luke’s Middlesex’ (perhaps the parish of St Luke, Old Street, Finsbury, in north London). The register of St Botolph records not only his burial but also that of a younger man, aged 20, with identical name, who died on 1 April 1850 ; born c. 1830, it seems likely that he was a son of Ann and Jasper senior.

In 1841, the couple were living on Silver Street, Cambridge, in what was probably a college lodging house, with eleven occupants. Jasper Taylor was described as a ‛college cook’, and the senior tenant of the household, 65-year-old David King (possibly Ann’s father), was likewise a ‛college cook’, while 25-year-old David King (probably David’s son) was a solicitor. Also living there were 30-year-old Sarah Taylor (perhaps Ann’s sister?), four-year-old Edward Taylor (perhaps the son of Jasper and Ann?), and six others, of whom one was another cook, three were female servants, and one was a male servant. Although no college is identified, Jasper and David, and perhaps the other cook and the servants, too, are likely to have worked for either St Catharine’s College (directly behind their lodgings) or Queens’ College (a little further down Silver Street).

Ten years later, Jasper’s and Ann’s residence is given as 2 Silver Street, Cambridge (next to the northwest corner with Trumpington Street) ‒ quite possibly the same house as in 1841. The household then included an apprentice, an errand boy, a house servant, and two college scullions. Jasper died on 16 April 1855, aged 49, and was buried at St Botolph’s on 27 April. Nothing is known of his widow thereafter, nor of any children they may have had.

St Botolph baptismal register
St Botolph marriage register
St Botolph burial register
Census reports 1841 and 1851
Births, deaths and marriages

By Ian Bent

Jasper King Taylor